How to Make a Pastry Without Animal Fat

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How to Make a Pastry Without Animal Fat
Soy products make vegan pastries. (fruit pies image by leafy from

Typically, sweet, flaky pastry is made using animal fats from milk and butter. For those interested in a healthier option or who stick to a vegetarian or vegan dietary plan, substituting soy products for milk fat and animal products creates a vegan pastry. These pastries may vary in consistency from others made using a traditional recipe. Most often, vegan pastries are denser and less flaky. Fill them or use them for a pie crust.

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Things you need

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Fork
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 ¼ cups of all purpose flour
  • ½ cup of soy milk
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • Wax paper
  • Rolling pin
  • 9-inch pie pan

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  1. 1

    Mix flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl with a fork.

  2. 2

    Add oil and milk to the dry ingredients. Mix it together gently with the fork until ingredients are just blended.

  3. 3

    Separate dough into two balls. Flatten the balls gently with your hands.

  4. 4

    Lightly dust four sheets of wax paper with flour. Place one ball between two pieces of wax paper and roll flat with a rolling pin. Repeat with the second ball.

  5. 5

    Refrigerate the dough until ready to use. For pie crust, remove the top layer of wax paper and flip upside down into a pie pan. Remove the remaining wax paper. Fill and bake according to pie recipe.

Tips and warnings

  • Handle the dough carefully to avoid making the pastry tough.

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